Action! Action! Action! Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3 will leave you looking like every character not wearing a mask in this issue: jaw dropped and mouth wide open.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Esad Ribic
Marvel Comics - Released 10/26/2011 - $3.99
This isn't a comic book for hipsters. Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3 is a good old fashion, action packed, explosion filled, character yelling, fast-paced comic book.
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3 picks-up right as S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to go to battle with an advanced civilization known as "The Children" who have already destroyed Asgard. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarriers, Iron Man and Thor take to the air against an advanced technology that is too overwhelming a force to defeat.
Jonathan Hickman structures the issue well by bookending a battle with a few pages of build-up which give emphasis to what drives our heroes to fight and what exactly they are up against in terms of power. The meat of the book consists of a up tempo battle which consists of everything from hand-to-hand combat, to bullets flying, to arrows flying, to missiles flying, to Thor flying...and hammer smashing. Orders are being yelled out so furiously (Nick style) that mouths are constantly wide open throughout the whole middle section of the book.
I recommend reading this issue on a tablet to take advantage of the cinema style panel by panel viewing. The intensity gets cranked way up, along with the size of some panels.
Visually, Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3 sends your eyelashes to your eyebrows. Esad Ribic is doing some of his finest work on Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates and issue #3 may be his best of the series, so far. Big ups are also in store for Dean White, whose coloring work really makes Ribic's imagery pop. White's explosion highlights bring out the power of every blast and add to the sence of destruction each missile and laser causes.
Overall, this was an amazing issue which was only slightly disappointing due to it being so fast-paced that when I hit the end I let out a "Nooooo!" I finished Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #3 too quickly and was left with another countdown till the next installment.
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Review by: Dom G